(PROmotinG DiveRsity in Signal ProcESSing)

October 26-27, 2020

PROGRESS Initiative logo
Logo: Marija Iloska, PhD Student, Stony Brook University)

Submission Deadline: October 14, 2020

The IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) is launching PROGRESS - an initiative aiming to motivate and support women and under-represented minorities to pursue academic careers in signal processing.

Women and under-represented minorities account for only 11% of the IEEE SPS membership. SPS is determined to focus on this vast, untapped talent pool, because we believe that a more diverse research/work force is better positioned to effectively address the vexing challenges our world is facing.

Research has shown that the percentage of women and under-represented minority undergraduate and graduate science and engineering majors is strongly linked to the percentage of women and under-represented minority faculty. This is because diverse faculty can naturally serve as role models and mentors.

PROGRESS’ overall objective is to improve diversity in the field of signal processing. Towards that goal, the project will proactively motivate and prepare women and other under-represented segments of the population in signal processing to pursue academic positions. PROGRESS includes a workshop as an integral part of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) and the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) as well as follow-up surveys and mentoring teleconferences.
The PROGRESS Workshop

The PROGRESS workshop will be held during the ICASSP and ICIP weeks. It will provide the attendees with information, tools and networking opportunities.
The inaugural PROGRESS workshop will take place on October 26 and 27, 2020, during the 2020 IEEE ICIP and will be all virtual. The 2020 PROGRESS oversight committee is given below.
Highlights of the 2020 PROGRESS workshop include:
  • An inspirational talk by Prof. Mary (Missy) Cummings, faculty of ECE at Duke University, leading researcher in human-robot interaction and one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots.
  • Professional training on concepts and tools to support career success, including networking and general information from the negotiation literature. Live question and answer sessions will be used for interaction with participants and discussion about how to apply the general concepts to specific country and cultural settings.
  • Panel of high profile academics from around the world discussing the faculty hiring process in their countries.
  • Panel of funding agencies.
  • Talks presenting the latest education trends.
  • Panel of diversity faculty from around the world sharing experiences. 
The detailed 2020 PROGRESS Workshop agenda can be found here.

Who can attend

Attendance is by application only. 

Graduate or Undergraduate students who are women or under-represented minorities interested in signal processing or related fields are eligible to apply. 

Applicants should upload the following materials at this site.
  • Applicant’s CV
  • An optional statement by the applicant describing their experience, career plans, potential interest in a postdoc or faculty position, and what they expect to get from this workshop. The statement should not exceed 500 words.
Please note that there is a capacity limit. While all women and under-represented minority graduate students are welcome to apply, IEEE and SPS Members will be considered with higher priority. Information to become a member of IEEE SPS can be found at this site.
  • Registration is free of charge and includes registration to ICIP
  • Registration site
  • Deadline for Application Submission: October 14, 2020
  • Acceptance Notification: October 21, 2020
  • For questions please contact:
Register to attend!
2020 PROGRESS Oversight Committee
Athina Petropulu
Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers University, USA
President-Elect, IEEE Signal Processing Society
Stella Batalama
Dean, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Petar Djuric
Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University, USA
Anubha Gupta
Professor, IIIT Delhi, INDIA
IEEE Signal Processing Society Delhi Chapter Chair
Qian, He
Professor, University of Electronics Science and Technology, CHINA
Lina Karam
Dean, School of Engineering, Lebanese American University, LEBANON
Emerita Professor, Arizona State University
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
Konstantina Nikita
Professor, National Technical University of Athens, GREECE
Chair, IEEE Greece Section
Ana Isabel Pérez-Neira
Professor, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, CTTC Research Associate, Barcelona, SPAIN
Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society
Anderson Rocha
Director, Institute of Computing, University of Campinas, SP,  BRAZIL
Roxana Saint-Nom
Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, UADE Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Project Manager at HipCam Global.
Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society
Nikos Sidiropoulos
Louis T. Rader Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Virginia, USA
Fellow Evaluation Committee Chair, IEEE Signal Processing Society
Rabab K. Ward
Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, CANADA
IEEE Division IX Director, Senior Past President and Awards Board Chair, IEEE Signal Processing Society
Tulay Adali
Distinguished University Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UMBC, USA
Vice President-Technical Directions, IEEE Signal Processing Society

Pascale Fung
Professor, Electronic & Computer Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), HONG KONG
Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society

Carol Y. Espy-Wilson
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, USA

K.V.S. Hari

Professor, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, INDIA
Vice President-Membership, IEEE Signal Processing Society

Christian Jutten
Emeritus Professor Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, FRANCE

Deepa Kundur

Professor and ECE Chair, University of Toronto, CANADA

Zhi-Quan Tom Luo

Vice President (Academic), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, CHINA

Islem Rekik

Assistant Professor, Istanbul Technical University, TURKEY

Markus Rupp

University Professor, Techn. Universitaet Wien, AUSTRIA 

Raed Shubair
Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
Region 8 Middle East Regional Sub-Director, IEEE Signal Processing Society

Zhi Tian
Professor, George Mason University, USA
Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society

Woon-Seng GAN
Professor, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, SINGAPORE

Roy Yates
Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers University, USA
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